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The moral market: How a rise in ethical consumption pushed veganism mainstream

ROSHINI NAIR: 'Abstaining from meat has a long, rich history, with roots in world religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Today, in light of the growing climate crisis, vegetarian and vegan diets have gained new currency as the ethical choice by animal rights activists and environmentalists as a way to protest factory farming conditions and the industry's carbon footprint. "People choose to make ethical consumption decisions most closely related to a desire to reduce their impact on the environment," said Emily Kennedy, a professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia,…

The village that’s been vegan for 50 years

ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN: Everyone knows that Tel Aviv is the vegan capital of Israel, right? After all, it’s home to scores of vegan restaurants and many of the 5 percent of Israelis who eat a plant-based diet. Well, here’s a surprise: Long before you could get veggie shawarma in Tel Aviv, a community in the desert town of Dimona pioneered the vegan lifestyle in Israel. They’re called the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem and they live in a compound called Neve Shalom (Village of Peace). The original 138 members of the community, mostly natives of Chicago, arrived in Israel in 1969. “We…

Why do people hate vegans? They can’t stand the truth.

GEORGE REYNOLDS: 'Once a niche interest group parodied in TV shows such as The Simpsons (in which a character describes himself as a “level five vegan” who refuses to eat anything that casts a shadow), in the past two years, vegans have been thrust into the limelight. A philosophy rooted in non-aggression has found itself at the heart of some of the most virulent arguments on social media. In November 2018, Good Morning Britain hosted a debate titled “Do people hate vegans?”; the political website Vox tackled the question in even more direct fashion a week later, asking: “Why do people hate…

CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Scientists urge people to eat less meat. A ‘meat tax’ will do it.

SABRINA BARR: 'Scientists are imploring members of the public to eat less meat as they warn that the world is facing a climate emergency. In a paper published today in journal BioScience, a global team of scientists have declared a climate emergency, detailing six areas of action they say must be addressed that can help slow down the impact of climate change. The paper, which features more than 11,000 scientist signatories from 153 countries, was authored by scientists from the University of Sydney, Oregon State University, the University of Cape Town and Tufts University. The team of…

As vegans celebrate World Vegan Day, study says greener diet saves water resources

DAVID NOBLE: 'Vegans and vegetarians are helping to conserve the planet’s valuable freshwater resources says a study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, reports Bluewater, a world leader in water purification technology and solutions. With the United Nations reporting that 2 billion people live in areas suffering severe water stress, the EU study – published in Nature Sustainability – says that compared to existing diets, the water required to produce our food could be reduced by up to 55 percent by sticking to healthy vegetarian diets. “In an age when fresh water is…

STUDY: The Environmental Impact of Leather

OWEN ROGERS: 'Leather is often framed as a byproduct of meat and dairy, but considering the scale of the industry and ubiquity of leather in clothing worldwide, it’s easy to see why it should be considered as an industry in and of itself. We know that raising cows for food can be incredibly damaging to the environment, and when we look more closely at leather production, we can see that those environmental impacts don’t end with cows’ deaths. This study was primarily focused on the impact of three post-tanning processes: retanning, fatliquoring, and dyeing... To examine the environmental…

The new makers of plant-based meat. Big meat companies?

DAVID YAFFE-BELLANY: 'With plant-based burgers, sausages and chicken increasingly popular and available in fast-food restaurants and grocery stores across the United States, a new group of companies has started making meatless meat: the food conglomerates and meat producers that Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods originally set out to disrupt. In recent months, major food companies like Tyson, Smithfield, Perdue, Hormel and Nestlé have rolled out their own meat alternatives, filling supermarket shelves with plant-based burgers, meatballs and chicken nuggets. Once largely the domain of vegans…

The Shadowy Beef Lobbyist Fighting Against Plant-Based Meat

MARTHA DANIEL: 'Pat Brown is on a mission to save the planet by cutting one thing from our lives: cows. The Impossible Foods CEO is determined to cut the consumption of beef to save our planet from the jaw-dropping effects of big agriculture. One obstacle standing in his way: Richard Berman, a powerful Washington lobbyist. Berman, who served as the inspiration for Nick Naylor in Thank You For Smoking, has made a name for himself going to bat for special interest groups fighting losing battles to save their image. He’s lobbied to protect things like cigarettes and high fructose corn syrup,…

WHEN THE TRUTH HURTS: Lewis Hamilton Slammed For Saying Only Way To Save Planet Is By Going Vegan

EMILY BROWN: 'Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton has been criticised for saying the only way to save the planet is by going vegan, while continuing to make a career out of a ‘gas-guzzling sport’. The 34-year-old, who is on the verge of winning a sixth Formula One world title, took to Instagram to share his concerns about the planet... In a lengthy plea to his followers, Hamilton wrote in part: "I urge you to do some research, find the compassion I know you have within you to recognise what you are contributing to in terms of what you eat which keeps the meat and dairy industry…

Corrupt Iowa Politicians Protect Meat Industry by Criminalizing Activists

LEIGHTON AKIO WOODHOUSE: 'The meat industry depends, more than anything else, on walls. The walls of farms and slaughterhouses prevent consumers from seeing what the production of their food really looks like. They prevent journalists and activists from exposing unethical, even criminal acts within. They enable corporations to paint happy, bucolic pictures of their operations that bear no resemblance to the reality of modern-day factory farming. To get inside those walls, over the last two decades, dozens of activists have gone undercover, finding employment on factory farms and wearing…